The Friends' Association
In order to achieve the Museum's purpose and -especially
-to inform the public for the foundation and future operation
of a Historical Museum, lectures, special seminars, and
exhibitions had to be -and eventually were -organised,
as well as creating the Association of Friends of the
Museum in 1986.
The Association of Friends of the Museum was instituted
by a group of Nicosia's inhabitants who believed in the
need to create and set up the Historical Museum of Nicosia.
The goal of the Association is to assist, promote, and
reinforce all the efforts of the Anastasios G. Leventis
Foundation and the Nicosia Municipality in establishing
the first historical museum of Cyprus, the Leventis Municipal
Museum of Nicosia. Twelve years after its establishment,
the Association has developed a variety of activities
that aid-on the one hand -the promotion of the Museum
and -on the other -the collection of funds for the purchase
of items to the enrichment of the Museum. The Association
actively contributes to the operation of Educational Programs,
both through the voluntary work of its members as well
as through the hiring of a person that attends the school
visits and the Educational Programs' Cycles. The first
Chairman of the Friends' Association was the entrepreneur
Ioannis Christofides. Today its the attorney Constantinos
18th of May / International
Every year on the 18th of May, which is the
International Museums' Day, the Association organises
a series of events. Sales of books and antiques or even
food within the Museum's premises, musical and other
special events are prepared by the Association for the
18th of May, creating in this way a tradition, an annual
institution that promotes the Museum and brings it closer
to the public. It is also a founding member of Cyprus's
Federation of Friends of Museums, mainly operating for
the purpose of promoting Cyprus and its museums abroad.
The shop's operation is one of the Association's most
important activities. With the aid of the association's
members, series of items have been selected and are
sold in the shop along with other small items and souvenirs.
The profits from the sales are redirected to the educational
programs and the Museum's enrichment.
The shop offers special accommodations and prices to
companies, organisations, and to the members of the
Association of Friends of the Museum.
For more information, telephone: 22671997
Permanent Exhibition Areas
The halls of the Museum have been configured in such
a way so as to host the items and other materials that
represent and present the history of Nicosia from ancient
times until today. Being guided and touring through
the Museum are quite easy since the effort was made
to have a special hall for each great historical period.
The city's history was divided into five great unities.
Modern Nicosia from 1960 until today, the British administration
era 1878-1960, the Ottoman Years 1570-1878, the Byzantine
and Medieval eras 325-1570, and the Ancient Nicosia
3000 BC until 325 AD. Representative items that are
complemented by explanatory texts are presented in each
unity. At the same time, the showcases and other structures
differ from one unity to the other, since different
representative colours have been chosen for each one.
In the whole configuration and presentation of the museum,
an effort was made and precautions were taken so that
the showcases hosting the original items can be enriched
without changing the rest of the configuration. The
introduction to the Museum and the history of Nicosia,
as well as informing the visitor that -after the museum
-he / she can easily wander around in the old city and
get better acquainted with its monuments and its areas,
is done through a special audiovisuals program and a
model of the city.
Byzantine Times and Frank Domination Hall
Caterina Cornaro Hall
Venetian Domination Hall
Ottoman Years Hall
British Rule Hall
Periodic Exhibitions Hall
Educational Programs Hall